I was not familiar with Fariborz Lachini before receiving his Golden Autumn
trilogy of piano solos. Volume 1 of this series was originally released in the early 1990’s and quickly became the most popular record album in Iran, earning Lachini the reputation of being the “godfather of contemporary piano” in that country. He has scored more than a hundred films and is recognized as one of the most innovative composing talents in the Middle East. Lachini had much success in the pop music field until Iran’s Islamic Revolution happened when he was still in his 20’s. Most kinds of music were banned in Iran after the revolution, so Lachini moved to France to study music and computers. Living in Europe and studying at “Universite de Paris - Sorbonne” influenced Lachini’s music into a fusion of contemporary Persian and classical European styles. This blend gives Lachini a unique voice that speaks to western as well as middle eastern sensibilities. His solo piano pieces sound simple, but the emotional impact of the music and Lachini’s heartfelt expression take it to exceptional heights. Most of the pieces have a quiet yet cinematic quality. All of the music on Golden Autumn 3
is on the reflective, melancholy side and gives the listener plenty of room to fall into the music and be warmly enveloped by it.
All fifteen tracks on Golden Autumn 3
are gems unto themselves. They create a mood of quiet reflection from the first track and keep it consistent. There isn’t a lot of variation in tempo from one piece to the next, making it an excellent choice for relaxing, daydreaming, reading, or just being. There aren’t any weak tracks, but I do have a few favorites. “Fall In Love Again” has a strong French accent - warm and romantic. “Silver Winter” is slightly more dramatic, but still very dreamy and graceful. “Sepidar” picks up the pace a bit with a lovely waltz. “Autumn Whispers” is much darker and full of longing - so poignant! I also really like “Calling Out For You,” a deeply affecting piece that has a hint of mystery in its melancholy melody. “Autumn Eve” closes the CD with a slight chill in the air and a sense of wonder.
It’s always exciting to discover an artist with such a clear voice and deep expression! All three volumes in the Golden Autumn
series are superlative if you like quiet music filled with emotion. Lachini’s website is fascinating, and I highly recommend it for getting acquainted with the artist and the man. Golden Autumn
is available from lachini.com
, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, and iTunes. Very strongly recommended!